Title: Something To Live For
Authors: Roper, Richard
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 344
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: It wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea - working for the local council managing the funeral arrangements for those who die alone - but it suits loner Andrew Smith. Not that his colleagues think of him as a loner - following an awkward moment at the job interview, it was a case of needs must, and now he is saddled with a fictitious wife and two children. But his life, fictitious or otherwise is about to change with the arrival of a new co-worker, Peggy Green.

Quirky and poignant, this life-affirming story deftly juggles the challenges of loneliness, social isolation and the need for connection, with dark humour and warmth. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Community, Grief/loss, Humour, Love story, Relationships, Uplifting, England, Light style, 2021 Titles, Larger font


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By: MATAM 001 2021-09-27 13:05:49
Most of us enjoyed this book, and gained more insights into Andrew's character with the discussion. The book dealt with the details of lonely deaths in a sometimes quirky way. It also showed the results in Andrew's life, of not coming to terms with traumas of the past, which continue to have impact. But the book did have a hopeful ending.

By: RIVER 001 2021-09-08 13:59:18
Slow start but a good read.

By: AUCK 272 2021-06-18 14:32:44
An easy read with some sad lives - people dying alone.

By: CHCH 317 2021-06-11 13:45:43
Generally well-liked by the group. It was an intriguing subject - funerals put on by a council because family members were not a part of the deceased's circle. Grief seemed to be the main theme, with the main character, Andrew, alluding to a family that it turns out he doesn't have. Quite thought provoking!

By: WELL 007 2021-05-21 12:06:34
A depressing subject, most could not empathise with the protagonist. But he can write, everyone finished the book and it stimulated a lively discussion.

By: WANAK 008 2021-05-13 10:08:07
Most of our group enjoyed this book, full of great characters and the settings resonated with our members originally from the UK (more that half of our group!). Some found the main character's occupation an unpleasant part of the story whilst others found it to be fascinating. It promoted a good discussion regarding anxiety and other mental health issues.

By: AUCK 234 2021-05-10 12:07:13
Once you got into it, it was all right. Once you understood why he was like he was, you saw where the author was coming from. A light, fun read.

By: WHANG 015 2021-02-22 11:35:15
A nice easy read to start the year off. It makes you realise how people lose contact with friends and family so easily.

By: DUNED 002 2020-11-19 13:20:11
Many people thoroughly enjoyed it; some thought it one of our best reads this year.

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